Editors Esther Kaplan and Joe Conason said in an email:
The Investigative Fund is dedicated to broadening the scope and improving the quality of investigative reporting in the independent press and beyond. We support reporters in their efforts to expose human-rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, civil-rights violations here at home, environmental toxins where we live and work, and profiteering from the economic meltdown. These award-winning investigations are then published or broadcast by our media partners at The Nation, Mother Jones, Democracy Now!, The New York Review of Books, Salon, Frontline, NPR, and dozens of other outlets across the spectrum of American media. For the first time, those stories will all be available in one place.
These are tough times for journalism, and especially for the independent media. Over the past year, regional daily newspapers such as the Rocky Mountain News have failed, our friends at Air America closed up shop, and the wave of layoffs has left few media outlets with the capacity to produce in-depth investigations. In this uncertain era, The Investigative Fund provides a home for independent reporters committed to seeking the truth: reporters such as Jeremy Scahill, Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, Kai Wright, and many more. Here at The Investigative Fund, they receive grants to support their reporting, libel review from our attorneys, research assistance from our interns, and guidance from editors until their work finds a home with a publication or broadcast outlet.
So we invite you to take a few minutes to explore the new site and dig in to the investigations we produce. Last month alone, our docket included a groundbreaking article about the State of Texas executing mentally retarded inmates in defiance of the Supreme Court; an exposé of the health risks posed by cell phones; and a series on how women were targeted for toxic subprime loans.
We have many more stories like these in the pipeline, but we need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Investigative Fund so we can continue this vital work.